Stress is an undeniable part of life. Originally stress was a mechanism our bodies devised as a way to warn us of dangers. These days we call our response to stress “flight or fight”. But the issue is that stress still remains a part of life. Repeated exposure to stress over a short time becomes a problem.

Although stress is a useful trait, overexposure to stress can be deadly to the average person. Excessive stress leads to burnout. This has been shown to cause heart disease, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, hair loss, fertility issues, weight gain and may also make pimples worse for people with oily skin. This is why stress management techniques are important. In this current world, you can’t escape stress so the best thing to do is manage it by using one of the following techniques:

Exercise
This is one of the most common ways of managing stress. Exercise has been proven to just be as effective as antidepressants in dealing with mild depression. Exercise is one of the best stress management techniques out there, there are so many forms to pick from like Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Running etc.

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Meditation
Meditation is another technique you can use to manage stress. Taking some minutes out of your day to mentally and emotionally relax using breathing exercises.

Practising mindfulness
Another way that stress is deadly is the reaction it garners. One way to reduce stress is to watch how you react to it. If you react to stress by getting angry or more worked up, then you’re just increasing your stress levels. One of the ways to reduce a bad reaction to stress is to practice mindfulness. Identify how you’d usually react to stress, change the reactions and stay aware!

Proper sleep
There is nothing like a good night’s sleep in dealing with issues of life including stress. A proper night’s rest (average of 8 hours) will have you well rested and able to cope better with stress.

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Talk about it
Talking about what stresses you is another of the great stress management techniques out there. Talking to a friend or writing in a journal is an inexpensive way to deal with stress.

A healthy diet
A balanced diet leads to a balanced life. Alcohol and caffeine aren’t the best ways to deal with stress. Cut down on beverages that have a high alcohol or caffeine content to help you cope better with stress.

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